Worth having even if you can’t spell or pronounce it. In spring long, wiry arching stems are full of hanging soft yellow, very long spurred blooms looking like alien spiders. The bold, shiny foliage has a rich copper cast as it emerges in spring. It is a worthy selection for the lightly shaded garden, that makes a wonderful contrast to round leaved hostas.
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This oriental Jack in the Pulpit is probably the most beautiful and least beastly of this curious lot. The exquisite pink pitchers are dramatically striped with translucent white veins creating an ethereal glow in the woodland. The large three lobed leaves make quite an architectural statement by themselves. People stop and say ‘What is that !’
There are not enough sky blue flowers in the garden. When Corydalis flexuosa and other selections were introduced from China a few years ago they created quite a stir but that faded as it became obvious that they were finicky growers that usually struggled and faded away.
We brought Corydalis ‘Wildside Blue’ back from England from the garden of Keith Wiley. It’s a fabulous hybrid that will grow in many situations and conditions. The fresh green ferny foliage is topped with masses of tubular blue blooms. It will often rebloom in the fall.
Have you ever considered owning a perennial plant nursery?
Lost Horizons is for sale. Watch this video tour of the nursery and it’s history – interviews with owners Larry Davidson and Evita Schvallbe. It includes wonderful commentary from Globe & Mail columnist and garden writer Marjorie Harris, and with Paul Zammit, Director of Horticulture at the Toronto Botanical Garden.
Conveniently located near Acton, Ontario, Lost Horizons is a ‘one of a kind’ destination for gardeners across Canada. To inquire, please contact Larry Davidson at larry at losthorizons.ca or call (519) 853-3085.